2 Days in Chopta – Explore the Unspoiled Land of Uttrakhand
Welcomed by a Himalayan background, serene lakes, and lush green forests, Uttrakhand is unmistakably nature's paradise. Visited by tourists all the year round, there are still some unexplored parts of this divine land that you can visit for a truly enthralling experience.
Chopta is one of the lesser explored hill stations of Uttrakhand. It serves as a base camp for treks to Tunganath Temple and Chandrashila peak, and Deoria Tal. And that's not the end of it, a few days in Chopta is an entirely new and different experience. Life in Chopta is like a stand-still, with very little access to the digital world and basic necessities of life, like electricity and warm water.
How to reach Chopta?
Depending on where you are coming from, you can either take a direct cab to the village or break it down in different chunks of travel.
You can take a flight to Dehradun which is around 225 km from Chopta. From there you can either take a taxi or a bus to Chopta.
Another option is to take a train to Rishikesh or Haridwar and then again from there take a taxi or bus to Chopta.
Where to stay in Chopta?
We had decided to camp at "Moksha" a little ahead of the Chopta city center. But due to heavy snowfall in the area, the roads beyond the city center were blocked with a series of vehicles stuck in the snow.
There was no way we could get any further, so we decided to get down in the market and looked for accommodation nearby.
Pro Tip: There are many guest houses in the city center if you are not very particular about where you want to stay.
We stayed at Baba Holiday Home which was a very minimalistic guest house.
The best part about staying in Chopta
The is no electricity in the entire village, and everything works using the solar energy consumed during the day. So we literally spent the night in the dark with dead phones and freezing cold water flowing in bathrooms.
It was an amazingly crazy experience living a life away from our comfort zones and without any unnecessary luxuries.
PS: We paid Rs 60 for a single bucket of warm water every night for bathing.
Things to do in Chopta
The hike is pretty simple especially since there was no snow and it was a gradual steep. We spent good 4 hours relaxing at the Tal before we finally half-heartedly decided to descend back.
Trekking through snow to Tunganath temple was one of a kind experience.
Excited and scary, cold and warm at the same time.
Constantly slipping on icy rocks, helping one another to reach the bottom before it gets dark or before you lose hope of returning in one piece!